Splendid Isolation is the first novel by Yehuda Macbeth written at the crossover point of the 1999 to 2000 millennia.

The novel documents two weeks in the life of an unnamed central character, all the insight in the world into the stream of consciousness playing out in his head but no time to even mention his name. Love and loss, youth passing and times past: the themes are universal, the intimate portrayal told at profound and engaging pace.

β€œThe more we study the more we discover our ignorance.” β€” Percy Bysshe Shelley

I can feel the sadness hangover. The little death, fucking pretentious, sensible French. Why wouldn’t you deify libido if you could? It’s a boredom antidote. They don’t go for depression and ADHD so much in France. But Cialis is free. I think I’ve spotted a consistency. Passionate people, the French. Fall in love and sure fall far. I’ve tried to live in that compelling utopia. It was alright when in the mood or drunk enough, but maybe I’m too autistic to love and fuck like a dirty horny Frenchman. Doesn’t matter how beautiful the attraction or how perversely vanity-tickling (at least as nostalgia): the sheer energy of passion playing out gets tiring and eventually infantilizing. To me. I know this must be a fucked up way to see it. But there damn you, look, emotions are trickling in and I can’t do that right now, don’t want to do it, it’s too much effort… will you marry me? Fuck this, I’m going to cook up.

Splendid Isolation



    In this personal narration each moment is expanded to allow time for beauty, reflection, and all that we are too distracted to spend time on in the hum drum of every day living. The power in Splendid Isolation is how an ordinary life story – filled with the all too common elements of family, loss, and love – is elevated to one worthy of telling by pondering the intellectual and emotional nuances along the way. The book left me exhilarated and enriched. Read it; it will engage you on at least as many levels as your own life does and leave you wanting more.


    The back cover states “Splendid Isolation is a journey…” and so it is;by turns thoughtful, funny, quiet, brash, and ultimately moving. You jointhe narrator on an intimate view of his life, largely through anecdote.The book starts with a series of memories and observations, and just whenyou think you’re about to get lost in free-associated storytelling, thespeaker addresses you, lets you in on the story…and draws you in.
    I heartily recommend this book for just about any audience. Be prepared tothink, explore what you’re being told. There’s more here than meets theeye.


    This novel does what novels are supposed to do – add several years of someone else’s private thoughts, experiences and emotions to your own supply in a single evening. And you will read it in one go as the stream-of-consciousness style flows easily and well. Profound in some places, interesting throughout and with a fair share of laugh-out-loud moments, this book inspires one to take a closer look at their surroundings – there is a wealth of detail in them that most of us ignore or miss.

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